NEVER WAS IT KNOWN!!!!!!!!!!

Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ!

On today the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, may we pray for all the unborn and their families; our brothers and sisters in Christ at the March for Life in D.C. and other cities; those who are on the front line in the fight for our culture of life; and for those who oppose it.

I write with good news and a praise report about a friend’s new job!

BACK STORY:

I don’t know if you know about Fr. Michael Gaitley’s story from the 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration DVD.

He tells of a time when his roommate and himself debated about going on a Spring Break trip with cute chicks or going on a retreat. They decided to pray a “flying novena,” which is nine Memorares prayed in a row for a sign about which decision to make. They ask Our Lord through the intercession of His Most Holy Mother that if they were to go on the retreat the price be between $60 and $65, and then they pray the “flying novena.” Afterwards, they call their retreat contact and asked for the cost, and the gentlemen said, “$63.”

Their prayer was answered!

From that point on, his roommate spreads the message of the “flying novena,” telling everyone “Never Was It Known!” Even when they lived in Austria as students in the study abroad program that Franciscan University of Steubenville offers, the roommate taped “Never Was It Known” on the kitchen wall using toilet paper. Classic! It definitely was a powerful way of evangelizing and a great conversation starter to say the least! :-)

PRESENT STORY:

Fast forward to the week of January 6, 2014, about three weeks ago. My friend who wishes to remain anonymous expressed a sincere desire for a job that does not require extended travel. For the past two years, she worked with a good company but was exhausted from the long projects that flew her out of state or out of the country.

We decided to pray a “flying novena” for a job that would keep her local and for God’s continual Will in her life. We stated that prayer intention and prayed nine Memorares in a row. The very next day she received an interview request on LinkedIn from a local company. She interviewed the following week (last week). They asked her back for another interview the next week, which was yesterday, and she was offered the job!

She said yes!

She is overwhelmed by God and Our Blessed Mother’s Love for her and how quickly they acted!

May this story inspire your prayer and trust in God and Our Blessed Mother!

I’m praying for each person who may read this! NEVER WAS IT KNOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please never give up on God, because He will never give up on you. :-)

+M JMJ,
Liz

PS. Please gives thanks to God and pray for my friend as she now faces transitioning into this new pearl of a job position.

PPS. I’ve read Blessed Mother Teresa also prayed “flying/express novenas” with her sisters. That she would pray a tenth Memorare out of thanksgiving. And even sometimes they prayed litanies of flying novenas (back-to-back novenas). And they were answered! :-)

PPPS. If you don’t know what the Memorare is, it is this prayer:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Amen.

The Memorare may also be found here under Marian prayers:

You would pray that prayer nine times in a row for a “flying novena.”

Advent and Christmas 2013/NYE 2014


Whoa. It’s January 2, 2014.

This Advent I faced my fears of being completely single. As Christmas arrived, I was nervous to feel this pull from God to be alone with just Him. Listening to my spiritual director, therapist, reading good material and God speaking in my heart, I prepared myself as someone who is healing from a serious breakup to be with my family and enjoy them the most I could. I’m really thankful for all the guidance I receive. I can imagine the closed and isolated place I would be in, if I didn’t have the help I am receiving. It’s been difficult reaching out. If anyone asks me if any of this stuff helps me, I hope they can see for themselves it does. I don’t have the words.

Some dear family members were unable to be with us this Christmas, but I pray for their places in life that Our Lord guides them with His shining star. :-)

Advent and Christmas highlights:

Christmas Mass with baby Jesus being passed around; holding, kissing and thanking Him; receiving Jesus in the Eucharist.
Christmas caroling with the Tran sisters at Opus Dei house and then with family.
Visiting my Grandpa and his family whom I rarely see.
My nephew being born.
Family.
Old and new Friends.
Food.
Warm shelter.
Answered prayers.
Marian Advent reflection with Vanissa and Claire.
Watching Monsters University; It’s A Wonderful Life and Little Women and other movies with my family.
Holy Family Feast Day homily with my friend Fr. Eurel. ~ What makes the Holy Family holy? They listened to God and did His will. It wasn’t that they were wealthy; famous; attractive; degreed; but that they were obedient to God. When He spoke to them, they responded “Yes” to God.
Looking at Christmas lights with my roommate and then with my family.
Vanissa and my company Christmas parties.
My team Elizabeth Evangelists won Fantasy Football! My first time playing! :-)
So many wonderful things happened this Advent and Christmas 2013. :-)

NYE 2014 was another conquered fear.

My cousin Bex and I have this saying for 2014 to “let it goooo” referencing the song “There Goes The Fear” by the Doves. She is getting married this March 2014, and I’m “growing up” facing solitude with God and myself once again. NYE itself was perfect. My roommate and I went to vigil Mass for the Mother of God feast day, and I wanted to stay in there in prayer because I could see and feel God’s invisible yet visible hand in my life. She and I did different things that night, but it was clear to see God’s hand guide us to where we were supposed to be: she at Eucharistic Adoration and then quality time with a friend. Myself Gatsbied-out for a Catholic young adults NYE Masquerade/Gatsby party. I actually won the masquerade contest, but I don’t have pictures of my mask! I’m really thankful for all the young adults who put that party together. They did a great job! They organized it last year as well, and both really have been the best NYE parties for me.

New Year’s Resolutions:

Be a woman of virtue, holiness, wisdom and moral courage. Do God’s will for my life. <3
Heal from engagement and past.
Practice my Espanol.
Work on writing a film script.
Cook.
Learn an instrument. Guitar?
Serve and help others.

I'm thankful for so much. Countless ways I'm thankful.
God bless, everyone! +M JMJ

Come, Ye Disconsolate

"...to welcome and console..."

“…to welcome and console…”

Another song to our Triune God. :-) I found this song sometime this Fall 2013 while looking for new female Christian singers to listen to and fell in love with it: “Come, Ye Disconsolate” by Sarah Hart. I didn’t know it was a cover of a classic hymn by Thomas Moore. What I like most about it is the lyrics. “Come, ye disconsolate. …Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” When I heard this song, I was disconsolate. Nothing and no one could console me, nor did I want to be consoled, but God in His infinite love somehow seeped in through this song and lured me in and continues to lure me in with this song as I find myself in a season of patience, solitude with God and healing.

“COME, YE DISCONSOLATE” BY THOMAS MOORE

Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”

Here see the Bread of Life, see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

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Moore’s original lyrics:

Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come, at the shrine of God fervently kneel;
Here bring your wounded hearts; here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope when all others die, fadeless and pure;
Here speaks the Comforter, in God’s name saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”

Come, ask the infidel what boon he brings us,
What charm for aching hearts he can reveal,
Sweet is that heavenly promise Hope sings us—
“Earth has no sorrow that God cannot heal.”

I am Yours, and You are mine! :-)

I am God’s, and He is mine. That is amazing to think. Almost unbelievable, but it makes sense. I’ve heard that Bible passage many times before, and it used to rub me the wrong way. Now, all I can hear is that passage. It pops up in songs and in my thoughts, and it consoles and delights me. I am loved by God my creator and maker. I am His, and He is mine. I have everything I need then.

What I mean by hearing it in songs is that my roommate and I love this song “Oceans,” and one of the lyrics says that! It is our song to Jesus! :-) It’s amazing when you hear songs that are your prayer and what you are living. Walking on His ocean of trust, mercy and love towards and with Jesus. I’m a poor beggar and sinner, living for holiness, joy and eternal union with Him. I am Yours, and You are mine.

“I adjure you, Daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and the does of the field, Do not awaken, or stir up love until it is ready….My lover belongs to me and I to him.” Song of Songs 2: 7; 16

“But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, Jacob, and formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you. For I, the LORD, am your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior. I give Egypt as ransom for you, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you and nations in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; from the east I will bring back your offspring, from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north: Give them up! and to the south: Do not hold them! Bring back my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth: All who are called by my name I created for my glory; I formed them, made them.” Isaiah 43: 1-7 – This was the first scripture passage my spiritual director had me meditate on after our first meeting in May 2012. I’ll never forget it. Mother Teresa also preached this scripture that Jesus tells us this.

“OCEANS (WHERE FEET MAY FAIL)” BY HILLSONG UNITED

You call me out upon the waters.
The great unknown where feet may fail.
And there I find You in the mystery.
In oceans deep, my faith will stand.

I will call upon Your name,
And keep my eyes above the waves.
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in your embrace.
For I am Yours, and You are mine.

Your grace abounds in deepest waters.
Your sovereign hand will be my guide.
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me,
You’ve never failed, and you won’t start now.

So I will call upon Your name,
And keep my eyes above the waves.
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in your embrace.
For I am Yours, and You are mine.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders.
Let me walk upon the waters,
Wherever You would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander,
And my faith will be made stronger,
In the presence of my Savior.

I will call upon Your Name.
Keep my eyes above the waves.
My soul will rest in Your embrace.
I am Yours, and You are mine
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